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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writer:

Jason Smilovic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Slevin Kelevra
Bruce Willis ... Mr. Goodkat
Lucy Liu ... Lindsey
Morgan Freeman ... The Boss
Ben Kingsley ... The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
Michael Rubenfeld Michael Rubenfeld ... Yitzchok
Peter Outerbridge ... Dumbrowski
Stanley Tucci ... Brikowski
Kevin Chamberlin ... Marty
Dorian Missick ... Elvis
Mykelti Williamson ... Sloe
Scott Gibson ... Max
Daniel Kash ... Bodyguard #1
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Bodyguard #2
Sam Jaeger ... Nick Fisher
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In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wrong Time. Wrong Place. Wrong Number. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary with Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu, Lindsey's reaction when she walks in on Slevin with his towel open is real. The scene was scripted, but Josh Hartnett actually flashed Lucy Liu without telling her prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

Lindsey's socks when she leaves the room after getting the sugar are white. When she comes back to the room her socks change from white to red. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Soldier: He's clean.
Benny Begin: So, why are you here? Hm?
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After Laughter (Comes Tears)
Written by Johnnie Frierson and Wendy Rene (as Mary Frierson)
Performed by Wendy Rene
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Irving Music, Inc. o/b/o East Memphis Music Corp.
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MacGuffins
23 June 2006 | by dhloughSee all my reviews

Lucky Number Slevin – no, that's not a typo – will easily be dismissed as Tarantino-esquire. Starring Josh Hartnett as the unlucky title character, the film has more twists and turns than a high-tech roller-coaster, but it's just as much fun (and almost as immediately forgettable).

Directed with breakneck technique by Paul McGuigan from a clever though highly implausible script by Jason Slimovic, the film is cast, with one minor exception, impeccably. It marks the first role that justifies Josh Hartnett's hype, and bestows Lucy Liu the most normal – and incandescent – part of her career. It's a bonus that they have palpable on-screen chemistry, as well as great foils in the guise of Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman (though Ben Kingsley's high-strung performance as The Rabbi is a miscalculation). The film itself is stylized – written in high gumshoe/screwball mode, with a guided tour of ugly wallpapers throughout history as part of its hard-boiled milieu – though the actors' convictions root the topsy-turvy narrative in recognizable human terrain.

At its best, Lucky Number Slevin has the feel of a minor John Huston caper directed, with prankish glee, by Brian DePalma. It's a blood-revenge thriller with no depth, though there are reservoirs of feeling in Hartnett's and Liu's performances, as well as wit. Liu seems to the screwball manor born. And Hartnett prances around for nearly 30 minutes of screen time in nothing more than a long purple towel and a quizzical expression. He's such a game actor that his performance is both a put-on and homage to the long line of Macguffins in film noir. With, of course, a twist.


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Number S7evin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,031,921, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$22,495,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,308,881
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